Mark Alan “O.B.” Wilds (June 10, 2019)

Mark Wilds photoJanuary 10, 1956 ~ June 10, 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church
Shelby, IA
(get directions)

Saturday, June 15, 2019
11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church
Shelby, IA
(get directions)

1 Son – Eric Wilds of Shelby, IA
1 Daughter – Megan (Derek) Olsen of Council Bluffs, IA
1 Sister – Denise Brisbois of Shelby, IA
1 Brother – Scott Wilds of Indianapolis, IN
1 Niece – Jessica Brisbois of Shelby, IA
1 Grandson – Jasper Olsen of Council Bluffs, IA
Other Relatives & Friends

Mark Alan “O.B.” Wilds, the son of Donald Eugene and Marjorie Elizabeth (Wendt) Wilds, was born on January 10, 1956, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He grew up in Hancock, Iowa, and attended the Avoca (Iowa) Public Schools through the eighth grade. The family moved to Shelby, Iowa, where O.B. attended Shelby-Tennant Public Schools and graduated from Shelby-Tennant High School in 1974. He enrolled as a student at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, majoring in “extra-curricular activities.” O.B. opened and operated The Sirloin Cellar Restaurant for four years, and then started O.B. Wilds Drywall. He also worked at Wickman Drywall.

On June 11, 1983, O.B. married Sandi Jane Kiesel in Shelby, Iowa. The couple had two children, Eric and Megan, before later divorcing. O.B. enjoyed spending time with his children and sharing his hobbies with them. He taught them how to fish, and loved to go camping, boating, and fishing as a family.

O.B. loved cooking, and had worked as a cook for Lori Tiarks at Old Main Street Grille in Avoca. He also did harvesting work for Bill and Jerod Johnson of Avoca. It was hard for O.B. to find time to work between his many hobbies. O.B. like to fish and participated in tournament bass fishing with Leroy Kadel, liked to hunt for mushrooms with his mom and siblings, and playing Pitch with his friends at the Exchange several times a week, winning a few tournaments. He was also involved in league pool and loved spending time with his family.

Mark A. “O.B.” Wilds died on Monday, June 10, 2019, at his home in Shelby, Iowa. He had reached the age of 63 years and 5 months.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, and one nephew, Kevin Brisbois. He is survived by one son, Eric Wilds of Shelby, Iowa; one daughter, Megan (Derek) Olsen and one grandson Jasper Olsen, all of Council Bluffs, Iowa; one sister, Denise Brisbois of Shelby, Iowa; one brother, Scott Wilds of Indianapolis, Indiana; one niece, Jessica Brisbois of Shelby, Iowa; and other relatives and friends.

The family-directed memorial service was held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church in Shelby, Iowa, with Sandi Wilds leading the service. Music was provided by vocalists Colette Plagman, Deb Rosenow, Kathy Schumacher, and Sandi Wilds. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Shelby, Iowa, assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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3 Responses to Mark Alan “O.B.” Wilds (June 10, 2019)

  1. Alston says:

    My condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort, sustain you during this sad time. I am sorry for your loss. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4; 1 Peter 5:7)

  2. Kaitlyn Burger says:

    My deepest sympathies to Eric and Megan. I am so very sorry for your loss. You both are in my heart and prayers

  3. Mark and Julie Jensen says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I bet they have some big fish in heaven.

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